Ruling out a rift between coach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Amitabh Chaudhary on Thursday said the body is following the usual process. “I cannot see any smoke at all,” Chaudhary was quoted saying. He added that Anil Kumble was appointed for 12 months and the Cricket Advisory Committee will decide whether it will be extended or not. “Appointment was made for certain time and that is ending. BCCI is following process and Cricket Advisory Committee will take decision,” he said.
BCCI had shocked everyone last week by demanding applications for the post of Indian cricket team’s coach despite Anil Kumble’s remarkable record in last 12 months. Since then, there has been a speculation of a rift between him and Virat Kohli. Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh while speaking to a TV channel on the same said only current players can give a clear picture on this. “In my 15 years of playing with him, there has been no instance of any fight with him and he’s the best bowling mind in cricket, he’s always there to help. He’s been brilliant and he has played a major role in making me what I am today and I would like to thank him for that,” said Harbhajan.
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“Anil Kumble is strict, you can always talk to him about cricket. He’s very hard working and believes that one shouldn’t leave the match till the last ball. He’s strict but he responds to hard work more than just talent. As a coach, I am sure he’s going to bring a lot of good to Indian cricket. One can also see his results of last year,” Singh added while defending his former spin partner.
Meanwhile, Sunil Gavaskar said it isn’t surprising if a coach and captain are not on the same page. “You will never have a situation, where a captain and a coach will always be on the same page. It cannot happen because the coach is invariably somebody who has played in an earlier generation, so their attitude will always be slightly different,” Gavaskar said at the Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017. “I don’t think this should be taken seriously, this kind of discussion is in fact healthy. Coach should be somebody who is good for Indian cricket. He should have a vision for Indian cricket which would carry Indian cricket forward for the next 8 to 10 years,” Gavaskar added.